08/24/2020, 11.38
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Kim Jong-un reportedly in coma: His sister is running the country

According to rumors, Kim Yo-jong's leadership is, however, temporary. Former aide to South Korean President Kim Dae-jung: recent transfer of functions demonstrates change of power; nothing has been decided on the succession. The doubts of Seoul intelligence. Kim Jong-un had already disappeared in recent months.

Seoul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is in a coma and his sister Kim Yo-jong is in command of the regime, albeit without full powers. This is according to an August 21 social media post by Chang Song-min, a senior official in the administration of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung,. Promoter of the "Sunshine Policy", which aimed to improve relations between the two Koreas, Kim Dae-jung led the country from 1997 to 2003. He died in 2009.

Chang claims he obtained the information from a source in China. The transfer of some powers from the leader of Pyongyang to his sister, and to other prominent collaborators, would result in a change in the power structure. Kim Dae-jung's former aide adds that a North Korean leader would give up some of his functions only if he was ill or the victim of a coup.

Chang also maintains that Kim Yo-jong's leadership is only temporary, to fill the current power vacuum: nothing has yet been decided on the succession in the event of Kim Jong-un's death. Seoul intelligence has informed Parliament of a possible new government structure in the North, but has not linked it to a possible illness of its leader.

Kim Jong-un had already disappeared from public view twice between April and May, sparking a flurry of rumors about his health. Some reports even gave him up for dead. North Korea is one of the most reclusive countries, where the flow of news is very controlled. The health of its leader is treated as a matter of high security, given the fear of real or alleged coups.

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